The Honorable Charles P. Mirarchi Jr., a longtime supporter of Widener Law School, passed away on Tuesday, May 11th at the age of 85. A member of the school’s Board of Overseers, Mirarchi taught Pennsylvania practice as an adjunct professor from 1974 to 1999.
Born in Philadelphia to Charles P. Mirarchi Sr. and Mary Caggiano, Judge Mirarchi graduated from Temple University Law School in 1948. He became a senior partner at Mirarchi, DeFino and Coppolino in South Philadelphia before he was elected as a Court of Common Pleas judge in 1971. In 1974 he was elected secretary of the Board of Judges, and in 1976, he became administrative judge of the trial division. He was elected to a second term on the Court of Common Pleas in 1981. Overall, he served 24 years on the Court of Common Pleas and an additional 9 as a senior Commonwealth Court judge.
In addition to his service to Widener Law as an adjunct professor and a member of the Board of Overseers, Judge Mirarchi was a founding member of the law school’s early parents’ association. A generous supporter of the school, he established and funded the Charles P. Mirarchi Sr. Memorial Scholarship in honor of his father. In addition, he founded Widener Law’s Pennsylvania Bar Induction Ceremony, an annual event that has officially welcomed many alumni into the ranks of professional legal practitioners in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
At Widener Law’s 35th anniversary gala held April 17th in honor of Widener Law’s first graduating class, Judge Mirarchi was honored with the Lifetime Service Award for his many contributions to the school. Lisa Kaplan accepted the award on behalf of her grandfather, who was unable to attend.
The Widener Law community offers its thoughts and prayers to Judge Mirarchi’s family.